Government of New Brunswick

The composition of the Human Rights Commission is twofold: the Commission members, which consists of the Chairperson and members who are appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council; and the Commission officers responsible for the administration and day-to-day operation of the Commission.

The Commission officers are responsible for outreach and education, as well as for the receipt, investigation and mediation of complaints of discrimination. It also prepares reports on complaints for presentation at Commission meetings, which are held several times per year.  The Commission’s senior manager also acts as the Secretary to the Commission during meetings.

The Commission itself does not conduct hearings into discrimination complaints, but determines, with the recommendation of the staff, if a complaint should be dismissed or should be referred for a hearing before the Labour and Employment Board, which is an independent tribunal.

Members of the Human Rights Commission are appointed through an open merit-based competitive process. Vacancies are announced on this website and on the Agencies, Boards and Commissions website.

 

Claire Roussel-Sullivan, Chairperson

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ClaireRoussel-Sullivan

Originally from New Brunswick, Claire is a senior HR consultant with 25+ years of experience in all facets of human resources management including senior HR leadership roles in one of the largest energy companies in Canada.   Having lived and worked in all Maritime provinces as well as in Alberta and British Columbia, Claire has gained a broad view of HR with expertise in areas such as strategic HR, diversity, human rights, discrimination, harassment, executive compensation, employee relations, change management, training and development, and recruitment.  

Her vast HR experience includes HR generalist, specialist and management roles with various federal government departments, large private sector companies as well as with a wide spectrum of organizations in her current senior HR consultant role.  

Claire holds a Bachelor or Business Administration from the Université de Moncton, a diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and completed the Advanced Leadership Program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona.  

Outside of work, Claire enjoys gardening, traveling, fitness and spending time with her four grown children.  She resides in south-east New Brunswick with her husband Martin. Bio up-to-date as of August 13, 2020.

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Randy Dickinson is a long-time disability and human rights advocate as a lifelong resident of New Brunswick. He served in various professional positions during his career such as Director of Camping and Community Relations and then Executive Director of the Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled now known as Easter Seals NB. Randy then served for many years as the first Executive Director of the Premier’s Council on Disabilities. During this period, he was seconded to act as the Executive Director of the Premier’s Council on Health Strategy and also served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Paraplegic Association before returning as the Executive Director of the Premier’s Council on Disabilities until his
                                        retirement.

For his community service, Randy and was awarded the Order of Canada in 1999 and was named as a Member of the Order of New Brunswick in 2022. He has also received various other public recognitions for his professional and volunteer efforts on behalf of persons with disabilities.

Randy served as the Chairperson of the Commission from 2010-2015 and is an active member of the Age-Friendly Community Advisory Committee for the City of Fredericton; Vice-President of the John Wood Foundation; Co-Chair of N.B. Disability Awareness Week; and was previously appointed to a term as the Chairperson of the Premier’s Council on Disabilities.

Randy lives in Fredericton with his wife Karen who is an occupational therapist. Biographical note as of August 15, 2022.

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ShelleyDumouchel

Shelley Dumouchel was called to the New Brunswick Bar in 1994 after obtaining her Law Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of New Brunswick.

From 1994 until 2008, she worked as an associate lawyer in both Oromocto and Fredericton gaining significant experience in the areas of Family Law, Insurance Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate and Wills and Estates. From 2008 until 2011, Shelley was Senior Legal Counsel for the Office of the Public Trustee, Province of New Brunswick. In 2011, Shelley returned to private practice and has had her own law firm since this date.

A native of Perth- Andover, NB, Shelley lives with her family in Fredericton.  In addition to raising a family and practicing law, Shelley is one of the founders of the Oromocto Legal Clinic, an alternate Chairperson for the Mental Health Review Board,  an adjudicator under the Liquor Control Act and a board member for the New Brunswick Human rights Commission. Bio up-to-date as of March 25, 2020.

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Elizabeth Forestell grew up in Saint John New Brunswick and graduated from University of New Brunswick. In her 40-year career in non profit management, Elizabeth worked in the areas of mental health, youth justice, criminal justice, violence against women, refugee services and a wide range of community services, retiring in 2020 as President and CEO of The Neighbourhood Group in Toronto.

Elizabeth is happily back in her hometown of Saint John. Biographical note as of August 15, 2022.

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AnnieGuitard

A native of Balmoral, Annie Guitard is mother to two little boys. After completing the social work program at the Université de Moncton in 2013, she earned a Juris Doctor degree at the Université de Moncton in 2021 and was admitted to the New Brunswick bar in June 2022. She currently works independently as a lawyer specializing in family, real estate, and estate law. She also serves as a member of the Mental Health Tribunal.

Annie previously worked for the Department of Health as a psychiatric patient advocate for five years before going back to school. In that role, she contributed to advancing the legal, human, and civil rights of involuntary patients. She was also able to inform involuntary patients, families, hospital staff, and communities of the legal and civil rights of patients and to provide a means of settling their complaints.

In 2019, she was the general coordinator of Pro Bono Students Canada, of which she was volunteer of the year in 2018. She sat on the Committee of Examiners of the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers, and she has practicum experience in child protection at Social Development and in legal stabilization at the Restigouche Hospital Centre.

As a lawyer, her ultimate goal is to help marginalized individuals navigate the judicial system, represent them in disputes, and facilitate equal access to justice for all. She believes that giving to the community is vitally important. Biographical note as of July 07, 2022

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phylomene-zangio

Phylomène has more than 25 years of experience in administrative management. She served as editorial project coordinator at the Revue de l’Université de Moncton for more than a decade and as executive director of Community Adult Learning Centre in southeastern New Brunswick. She is currently an administrative manager at Vitalité Health Network and a member of the New Brunswick Judicial Council.

Phylomène is well known for her community involvement and her commitment to equality for women and the professional and social inclusion of men and women immigrating to New Brunswick.

After immigrating to New Brunswick from the Democratic Republic of the Congo more than 30 years ago, she completed programs in business management and information technology at the Université de Moncton.

Named one of the Top 25 Immigrants in the Maritimes in 2018, she was also recipient of the Black Excellence Award in 2015 and 2016 for excellence in leadership and influence.

Among other volunteer activities at the community level, Phylomène was the first co-president of the New Brunswick Women’s Council and founder of the New Brunswick Provincial Council of People of African Descent (CPPAANB).  She has served on a variety of boards and was active on parent-school support committees, the mental health community advisory committee of Vitalité Health Network, the Committee on Poverty and Social Inclusion of the City of Moncton, and the Artsnb Commission on Cultural Diversity. She is mother to Nash Zangio. Biographical note as of August 15, 2022.